, Salem, MA

March 29, 2013

New to market Extraordinary 5-bedroom antique Colonial

By Robyn Pregent

---- — “Extremely welcoming” and “an easy place to live” are phrases that describe the Batchelder-Cogswell House in Wenham. Realtor Peggy McNamara of Keller Williams Realty is confident that potential homebuyers will be enamored by the home’s warmth and history.

The home has been owned by only four families, who have maintained many of the original features, including the wide pine floors and seven Colonial fireplaces. Along with its feel of history, McNamara is sure that potential homebuyers will be pleasantly surprised by the high level of modern-day functionality. Unlike many antique Colonials, this home features high ceilings, great storage spaces and a bright, airy atmosphere.

The first floor is a masterwork of comfortable elegance. The “Great Room” runs the entire length of the home and truly lives up to its name. It contains, among other things, an oversized hearth complete with original 18th-century ironwork details, a dining/window seat area overlooking the back garden and a hidden minibar with a small refrigerator. The bar area also houses the stereo system that is wired through the downstairs — the ultimate in entertaining or setting a holiday mood.

Pass through a cozy library nook, complete with floor-to-ceiling, built-in bookshelves, into a study that boasts its own fireplace, original wainscoting, pocket shutters and plenty of room to enjoy your favorite hobbies or create a peaceful retreat.

Across the main hall, the dining room boasts a built-in cupboard, a corner cabinet and another working fireplace.

The kitchen offers plenty of storage space through cabinets, a butcher-block island and a walk-in pantry.

At one time, the home was made to accommodate two families. A welcome result of this is a former kitchen that now houses the laundry area and a sink. It is truly an ideal spot as a playroom for kids or as a workroom for an avid crafter or artist.

The wine cellar, built by the current owners and found in the basement within one of the two great brick arches of the home, is not a musty relic from the past but a cool storage area for your favorite vintages and canned goods.

The second floor can accommodate five bedrooms, or one of the bedrooms can act as a sitting room to provide a spacious master suite with its own bath. Again, unlike other Colonial homes where storage space is scarce, each bedroom contains its own walk-in closet. Fireplaces enhance four of the bedrooms.

The backyard is not only a wonderful place to play games with room to run, but it is also an immaculately cared-for sanctuary. A garden path will lead you from a beautiful brick patio through a perennial garden filled with mature plantings to a formal vegetable garden with granite-lined raised beds and crushed stone pathways. There is also a water fountain and two sitting areas within cedar pergolas.

The entire backyard area gets full sun from dawn to dusk, making it an ideal place to enjoy all of your outdoor activities. The side yard also features a sturdy work shed with an attached, protected area for storing firewood.

An attached two-car garage and breezeway are attractive and convenient.

For more information or a private showing, please contact Peggy McNamara at 978-882-4455 or

AT A GLANCE 18 Cedar St., Wenham $799,000 5 bedrooms, 3 baths 7 fireplaces LISTED BY Paul Herrick and Peggy McNamara Keller-Williams Realty 500 Cummings Center, Suite 1550 Beverly, MA 01915 978-882-4455